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Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour and Picnic

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  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • All necessary equipment included
  • All entrance fees included
  • Lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
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Explore the cave of the crystal sepulcher on a full-day tour to Actun Tunichil Muknal from San Ignacio, and discover a spiritual site that was sacred to the ancient Maya. Learn about the traditions and rites that took place in the cave system and visit the crystallized remains of an ancient ceremonial victim as you hike deep into the cave with a professional guide. Swim through a spring-fed pool, and follow tunnels, passageways and yawning chambers lined with stalactites, stalagmites, ancient ceramics and stoneware.
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Taking a journey into the Maya underworld at Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) or the “Cave of the Stone Sepulchre” for one of the most enlightening, epic and unique experiences of your life.
Leave the world of the living behind as you venture into the heart of the ATM Cave with your licensed guide. Recently deemed the #1 Sacred Cave destination in the world by National Geographic, the ATM cave is not only beautiful geologically with its crystalline stalactites and stalagmites, but also historically, as is a natural museum of ancient Maya artifacts, as well as a sacred burial place.
This is the final resting place of “Crystal Maiden,” an ancient Maya ceremonial victim, as well as the remains of 13 other sacrificed men, women and children. Your professional guides have led government officials, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, The British High Commission and US Embassy officials into the ATM Cave.
This sacrificial site is accessed by a 45 minute drive from our office in San Ignacio.
Here we enter the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve and park our vehicles at the ranger post. From this point on we are on foot, hiking through the jungle for approximately 45 minutes to the entrance of the cave. To access the cave we swim across a small spring- fed pool and wade into the dark underworld of the cave that allows us access the extensive underground maze of tunnels, passageways and chambers, climaxing in the ceremonial chamber housing stoneware, ceramics, the famed crystallized skeleton of the “Crystal Maiden”.
We spend approximately 3 hours in the cave at the guidance of our experienced guides.
Leave your cameras behind and experience the power of ancient spirits with your mind, body and soul. This is not only a physical adventure but a journey into the spiritual realm.
We enter back into the jungle world and hike to our vehicles where we relax and enjoy a homemade picnic lunch with water and soft drinks before driving back to San Ignacio.
Time-frame: 7:20am to 4:30 pm.
Difficulty level: Moderate (involved some easy swimming and life jackets are provided for non-swimmers, who will also be escorted by our highly trained guide).
What to bring: Hiking sandals or trainers, socks (for preservation reasons), extra set of dry clothing, extra sandals or flip flops, small backpack, liter of water, bug spray, snacks, swim wear with shorts.
Please note: Cameras are not allowed and only the guide will carry a dry bag into the cave.
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Amazing Tour - Must Do!!

The overall ATM Tour was incredible and one of the most worthwhile tours we took our entire stay in Belize. Our tour guide Hugh, was extremely passionate and enthusiastic about the Mayan culture and was happy to share his knowledge with us. The adventure aspect...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank pswerd
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Incredible day!

I love caves and this tour was incredible! It was so much more than I expected! The water was cool and blue green right outside the cave. Inside was crystal clear. I am not small 5'7" size 16 curvy and I was able to do...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Maya walk tours is awesome !!!

We were very lucky to have Hector as our guide who works with Maya walks. He was really patient and knowledgeable. We had so much fun being immersed in the culture as well as the adventures underground. It's a tour you should definitely try, one...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Sunshine548171
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A spelunking we will go

Warning - This tour is intense. We had read the reviews and were prepared for the challenges but then there's the actual doing. We chose Mayawalk Tours because they have been doing these tours a long time and that they start early. They try to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank theYooperGirl
Reviewed 15 March 2019
Dont miss out on this one!!

ATM cave tour is amazing. Adventure, History, Mayan artifacts, Skeletons how can you go wrong? Carlos 2 was a great guide as well. I will definitely do this tour again if I'm in San Ignacio again!!!

Date of experience: February 2019
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17 April 2019|
Response from darren c | Reviewed this property |
There are some tight spots, climbing that is a little daunting but we had an array of people in our tour and they all made it through. If you are willing to push yourself it’s worth it but if you are less adventurous this... More
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8 April 2019|
Response from darren c | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for late replay, no guest pic
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21 March 2019|
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No you're not, but I think it works out better, as people aren't stopping for pics all along the way!
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